Judge Thomas Goethals (left) has been the target of numerous efforts by prosecutors under District Attorney Tony Rackauckas (right) to kick him off criminal cases, following his allegations of constitutional violations and false testimony by sheriff's deputies and a DA official.  (Pool photos)

Appellate Court: OK for DA to Disqualify Goethals

The 4th District Court of Appeal upheld the right of the DA’s office to disqualify the Superior Court judge presiding over the jailhouse snitch case from other murder cases, but described prosecutors’ actions as an “extraordinary abuse” of the procedure.